purpose of the Heritage Centre is to preserve and showcase the heritage
of life of the Mayo area, from farming, house and home, to jobs and work,
to celebration of life.
At the heart of the
centre is the thatched cottage built in the 1870's where the Hennigan
family lived until 1970. Tom Hennigan was born and grew up in this house.
"In 1990 I realized
I no longer had a future in farming ten acres of land," says Tom.
"So I decided to open this small plot of land to the public and tell
the story of how my family survived here. I decided to maintain the farm
and complex as a way of preserving and showing the rich heritage of Mayo
and Ireland it represents."